Boston Red Sox: Latest Trade Rumors Regarding Miami Marlins

Sean O'NeilSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2012

MIAMI - JULY 30:  Hanley Ramirez #2 and pitcher Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins look on against the New York Mets on July 30, 2008 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida.  The Marlins defeated the Mets 7-4.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Miami Marlins are sellers this trade deadline.

Earlier today the Marlins traded away Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers and they don't seem to be finished moving pieces before the deadline.

Now the Boston Red Sox are apparently interested in multiple big-time players in the Miami organization.

Rumors were flying around last week about the possibility of Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell making their way to Boston in exchange for Carl Crawford, but those rumors were quickly thrown in the trash.

Now it appears that Hanley Ramirez is back on the table for Boston, and he isn't the only one.

On Monday, It was reported by Joe McDonald of ESPN that the Red Sox were very interested in both Sanchez and Josh Johnson.

Now that Sanchez is off the table, it would seem as if Boston will look towards Johnson. The starting pitcher hasn't had the most stellar season, only posting a 4.14 ERA, but that really isn't that bad compared to the rest of Boston's starters and he's only 28-years-old.

It's important to remember that Johnson led the NL in ERA in 2010 with a 2.30 and he was pitching just as well in 2011 before getting injured.

Johnson also has another year left on his contract, so if Boston were to make a trade for him, they would have him for all of 2013 as well. There definitely would be room for contract negotiations.

Moving on from Johnson, Ken Rosenthal has now stated that Hanley Ramirez is very much so still on the market and Bob Nightengale has tweeted that the Oakland A's have joined in talks for Ramirez, along with both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Red Sox.

So the Red Sox seem to be in some kind of discussions with the Marlins concerning both Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez, but that's all we know.

One of them would be a big trade, both of them would be a monster trade.

Either one would require the Red Sox to part with prospects and likely veterans as well. Jon Lester's name has been thrown around in trade talks, could he be a piece of either of these trades?

Boston has officially fallen one game below .500 to 48-49 and the Yankees traded for Ichiro Monday.

Between the lack of halfway decent play by the Sox and the competition making moves, Boston can't afford to sit around at this trade deadline.

If they want to pack it in this season, maybe they won't trade for a big name, but if they want any shot at making the playoffs, which I hope they do, they need to make a trade.

Maybe it won't be for one of these two players, maybe the Matt Garza talks will work out, but in any case, Ben Cherington needs to make something happen for Boston.